Denise Caruth

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MA Hons (Adv. Dip. Counselling)
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Lymington, Hampshire, SO41 0JD
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About me

“I am not defined by my scars, but by the incredible ability to heal”. Lemn Sissay

      Are you feeling lost, depressed, anxious, tormented, lonely, without hope?

These are all normal, if uncomfortable, parts of the roller coaster of life. Many individuals experience periods of despair throughout life, sometimes knowing why, and at other times not understanding at all. I am an experienced BACP registered therapist offering you a space to explore yourself and your life, and a space for you to be heard. With experience of working at Oakhaven Hospice, Compass Counselling, Brockenhurst College currently the NHS and in my own private practice, I have worked with anxiety, depression, cancer, loss, relationships, addiction, trauma, difficulties with food and many other themes.

The work involves shuttling between the here and now of daily life, and the past. Often, this leads to an exploration of childhood and previous experiences that have shaped how we are in the world in relation to our own self and to others. This gentle exploration allows individuals to gain insight into their self. This awareness brings acceptance, integration and ultimately choice about how to be in the world.

The therapeutic space can provide a real refuge to the soul and I feel privileged to have shared many people’s unpacking and unpicking of their most hidden self. I strongly believe that with time, compassion and understanding, the self can flourish.

Please call 07725 782932 or email

I offer 50 minutes sessions on a regular basis and I work with the following issues:

  • Abortion
  • Anxiety
  • Irrational thoughts and fears
  • Abuse
  • Menopause
  • Alcohol
  • Miscarriage
  • Anger
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
  • Parenting difficulties
  • Bereavement
  • Phobias
  • Bullying
  • Postnatal depression
  • Cancer
  • Pregnancy support
  • Depression
  • Relationship issues
  • Disabilities
  • Self-harm
  • Divorce
  • Separation
  • Family issues
  • Stress
  • Infertility
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Intrusive Thoughts
  • Trauma

Training, qualifications & experience

Having graduated over 20 years ago, I spent the first half of my working life in business and TV. However, my own experience of therapy, along with a passionate interest in people and helping others, led me to start my training as a therapist around ten years ago.

I studied at the Iron Mill College in Exeter and I have attended many courses over the years to support my professional experience and development. Particular interests include attachment theory, neurobiology, acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), mindfulness and existential therapy. Key figures inspiring my work include Irvin Yalom, John Bowlby, Donald Winnicott, Russ Harris, Jon Kabat Zinn, and Dan Siegel.

I am registered with the BACP, the organization overseeing Counsellors and Psychotherapists in the UK. The BACP ensures its members work ethically with the client’s best interests at the heart of their practice. As part of this I attend regular supervision.


NHS UHD Jan 2021 - Current

Private Practice 2018 - current

Brockenhurst College 2019 - 2020

Compass Counselling, Lymington 2018-2019

Oak haven Hospice 2017-2018


  • Transference, Counter-transference – Richard Erskine Dec 2022
  • IIPA Psychotherapy Degree – Lynn Martin Sept 2022
  • The Difficult Mother: Insufferable or Misunderstood – Dr Gwen Adshead and Dr Chrissy Jayarajah Nov 2022
  • Withdrawl, Silence and Loneliness: Psychotherapy of the Schizoid Process – Richhard Erskine May 2022
  • Obsessions, Ruminations and Intrusive Thoughts – Christiane Sanderson Feb 2022
  • Rewind Therapy for Trauma and PTSD – Dr David Muss Jan 2022
  • Integrative Psychotherapy: How therapists can adopt a developmentally based and relationally focused approach – Richard Erskine July 2021
  • Beyond Medications for ADHD: The Rest of the Story Combining
  • Psychosocial, Academic, Sensory-motor and Physiological Interventions – Dr John Taylor July 2021
  • A Day with Graham Music – Graham Music May 2021
  • The Unconscious from Freud to Lacan – Conor McCormack March 2021
  • Top 5 Insights into Working with Insomnia –Professor Jason Ellis Feb 2021
  • Single Session Therapy – Professor Windy Dryden Feb 2021
  • Attachment and Relational Neuroscience informed Therapeutic Conversations – Jeremy Holmes Jan 2021
  • Retiring the Inner Critic: How to end negative self-talk in clients and ourselves - Linda Graham Jan 2021
  • Compassion Focussed Therapy – Chris Irons Nov 2020
  • Applying Child Development Theory and Research in Psychotherapy with adult clients – Richard Erskine Nov 2020
  • The Emotional Regulation Toolkit – Dr Karen Treisman Oct 2020
  • Vagus Nerve regulation and Trauma Recovery - Arielle Schwartz April 2020
  • Initial Consultations - Joan Bristow May 2020
  • CBT with Children and Young People - Prof Stallard Nov 2019
  • Attachment and Relational Neuroscience - J Holmes and G Music Nov 2019
  • There is no such thing as a child - Joan Bristow - Dec 2019
  • Attachment theory, affect regulation and psychopathology - Gwen Adshed June 2019 
  • Self harm, self care - Maggie Turp May 2019
  • Substance Abuse as a Secondary Issue - Alison Hunt March 2019
  • The Web of Shame in the Therapeutic Space - Christiane Sanderson Jan 2019
  • Developing Minds: Mental Health with Dan Siegel - Feb. 2019
  • Trauma and Neurobiology, Babette Rothschild - Oct. 2018
  • Advanced Diploma in Integrative Counselling, Iron Mill College, Exeter - 2016-2018
  • Attachment and Grief, NScience - May 2017
  • Affect Regulation and Early Brain Development, Kathrin Staffer - May 7th, 2016
  • Self Harm and Young People - April 30th 2016
  • Parenting through the Senses, Ros Urwin - Jan-March 2016
  • Bowlby and Attachment Theory, Sir Richard Bowlby - November 7th, 2015
  • Levels 1,2,3 Counselling, Brockenhurst College - 2014-2016
  • University of St Andrews, MA (Hons) - 1992-1997

Next Step?

Unsure of what to do next? Please do call on 07725 782932 or email me on

Member organisations

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

  • Irrational thoughts and fears
  • Auto-immune disorders
  • Shame


£60.00 per session

Additional information

I offer regular (normally weekly) 50-minute sessions, meeting at the same place at the same time every week. I work together with the client for as long as he or she needs. My charges are £60 per 50-minute session and I work close to Lymington. I can also offer online and telephone therapy.

Next Step?
Unsure of what to do next? Just give me a call on 07725 782932 or email me at

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

I can be flexible to accommodate your needs.

Further information

The process of therapy:

Therapy is a much used term, but it is often unclear what the process actually entails. Much of it depends on the therapist’s way of working. I am an integrative therapist, which means that I weave elements of the three main therapeutic schools of thought together, to offer each client the most appropriate therapy for them. My foundation is drawn from the person-centred approach and rests on the belief that the most important element of successful therapy is the relationship between the client and the therapist. This is based on empathy, lack of judgement and authenticity.

With the right therapeutic relationship, the client feels able to trust and thus, to reveal elements of themself that they may never have exposed before. This often brings immense relief for the client. With the therapist’s non-judgemental acceptance of the client’s “whole self”, clients learn to accept themself and to integrate all parts of themselves. Thus, the client can move more easily through life treating themselves with compassion and self-acceptance.


What do I do now?
If you are unsure of the next step, please do call me on 07725 782932 or email me on

What happens at the initial consultation?
The initial consultation is an opportunity for you to meet me to get a sense of whether you would like to work with me. It also offers me a chance to get to know a little bit about you and how I might be able to help you. Normally, we discuss what is going on for you at the moment, as well as getting a sense of your history. If we would like to work together, we discuss what that might look like.
How often do we meet?
Normally we meet for 50 minutes at the same time every week for as long as is needed. This can be flexible to accommodate holidays, work commitments. 

Where is the practice located?
I work just outside Lymington in a converted barn, and this offers a discreet place to meet.
Is there car parking? Is there public transport?
There is car parking.
How much does it cost?
£60 per 50 minute session. This is payable online at the end of each month.

Room E, South Barn, Efford Barns, Milford Road, Lymington, Hampshire, SO41 0JD

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)

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Denise Caruth
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